Aditya Chopra and I started dating only three years back, after his divorce: Rani Mukerji

Rani Mukerji, 36, has never ever spoken a word about Aditya Chopra. Despite being insinuated of being a home- breaker, she maintained an elegant silence.

While the media and her fans assumed that she was keeping mum as she was either guilty or did not want to share her personal life, in reality, she was only protecting people around her so that they would not have to be answerable for her relationship at a point in time when the relationship itself was evolving and growing.

How long have you known Adi?
I first met Adi socially when I was doing Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, through Karan. Though Adi tells me that after my first film Raja Ki Aayegi Baaraat, he has a very vivid memory of seeing me in Sampan restaurant, where much as he had expected, I did not walk up to him to say a hi even though DDLJ had already released and he was already Aditya Chopra. Since actresses would usually walk up and introduce themselves to him, he found it strange. And you will be surprised that he was also instrumental in me getting Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as he saw my first film and told Karan Johar, ‘I think you should take this girl as she will be the next big star.’

So it’s quite an uncanny thing that even without being a part of my life, he has been a part of my life since the beginning. He calls a spade a spade and when anyone seeks advice from him, he will never mince words. He has been a strong influence in my career too. At a time when I was going through a low in my career and he wanted to sign me for Mujhse Dosti Karoge, he had told me, ‘You are not doing the right films and you should make yourself exclusive and do films that you believe in as an actor.’ I started refusing films and did Saathiya, Chalte Chalte, Hum Tum and Black post that.

How long did you see each other before getting married?
We saw each other for the last three years though we were very friendly much before that. It’s strange that he and me bonded at a time and started seeing each other when both of us were going through a low and that is what also made our relationship so special. He was just out of his divorce and I think he was in no mind to see someone.

Between the two of you, who shared your feelings first?
Of course he said it. I would like it the traditional way. On my first date, Adi came home and asked me out in front of my parents. For me, nothing could have been more beautiful than that.